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This screening took place on
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6:00pm
Old Fire Hall

After an impaired-driving charge, Donna (Shan MacDonald), a lonely woman in her 60s, fulfills a community service sentence at a local animal shelter. Estranged from a daughter who won’t return her messages, Donna finds a source of desperately needed companionship when she takes home an ailing dog named Charlie about to be euthanized. Soon, she violates regulations and fills her apartment with more and more pets as she tries in vain to fill a chasmic emotional void.


In her heartbreaking and pointedly unsentimental debut feature, Heather Young squarely looks at her protagonist’s inner world with compassion without shying away from the selfishness of projected love and care, and its potential to become a blinding and consuming force. MacDonald, a nonprofessional actor in her first role, gives a tender and raw unscripted performance. Murmur is a story of how our seemingly pure gestures can be bound up with and clouded by need.

Recommended ages 14+

Selected for the TIFF Top Ten Canadian films of 2019

  • Directed by Heather Young
  • 2019, Nova Scotia
  • 82 minutes
  • Parental Guidance Advised

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